Ryan Feigenbaum is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at The New York Botanical Garden’s Humanities Institute, Ryan Feigenbaum created and developed the digital exhibition, “Poetic-Botany: Art and Science of the Eighteenth-Century Vegetable World.” Poetic Botany identifies an eighteenth-century movement in which botany became the subject of poetry. Erasmus Darwin (grandfather to Charles) inaugurated this movement with the publication of The Botanic Garden (1791), a scientific poem that personifies Linnaean botany. The digital exhibition brings together this historical text as well as a wide range of other resources in the form of illustrations, photographs, videos, texts, and more to provide an experience not possible in a traditional museum setting. Visitors can view not only a variety of materials that no single collection could ever hope to contain, but can also peruse these materials at their leisure, at any time or place. Organized around nine different plant species, the exhibition shows that plants, like humans, are agents of historical change.
Visit the exhibition here: www.nybg.org/poetic-botany/
Read an interview about the exhibition’s creation.